Cheesecake Factory

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Cheesecake Factory Reviews

Updated 3 March 2015
Updated 3 March 2015
523 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Extremely flexible schedule (Valuable for a college student like myself) (in 42 reviews)

  • Servers make good money because people usually buy dessert (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours (10 - 15 hours, my coworker almost did a twenty hour shift once) with no breaks (in 34 reviews)

  • There is also little to NO employee appreciation with the exception of a holiday cheesecake (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive, supportive atmosphere that makes coming to work a plus.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work-Life balance is encouraged. Activities for employees are vast and the atmosphere is fun.

    Cons

    There are so many snacks and parties that you may gain 10 lbs in your first year of employment if you are not careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On-Site Gym or fitness classes and a cafeteria might be highly desirable and competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loving It Here!

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in Agoura Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in Agoura Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined The Cheesecake Factory in 2014 so I am still pretty new, especially considering that so many people have been here over 10 years! It's a great sign that so many people stay with this company. In the few months I've been here we've had several FUN activities & celebrations with many more coming up. I am honestly HAPPY to come to work every day!

    Cons

    This isn't even a CON really. There are so many people here I am still meeting somebody new almost every day. Oh, and I did relocate up to the area from Orange County, but there are benefits to that as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice, already? I would just say, "Thanks for creating such an enjoyable atmosphere!"
    The environment truly promotes a healthy work/life balance and makes it easy to stay motivated and be productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    The Cheesecake Factory Headquarters.
    This is truly a fun, enriching, family enviornment!
    Fantastic.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory

    Pros

    Recognition for a job well done. Celebration of milestones and achievements. The company lives up to it's Mission, Vision and Values. The Value," People - Our Greatest Resource", is exhibited everyday.

    Cons

    Heavy workload with minimal staff. However, very engaging and everyone is dedicated to a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More real-time communication. It sometimes feels as if there is a delay while information is reviewed by 50 people. The delay makes it seem as if the company is trying to hold back information, or may not have a plan of action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The Cheesecake Factory is an exceptional place to work where every staff members are passionate about their contribution

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    Current Employee - Senior Management in Calabasas Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Calabasas Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    High energy work environment with quality in everything from benefits to "perks"

    Cons

    It is very high paced and not for everyone who is not willing to roll up their sleeves and contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on delivering an exceptional guest and employee experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Simply the Best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    • Hiring practices make sure that all employees are competent and NICE. Incompetence and unprofessional demeanors are not tolerated. Everyone who works here is friendly, kind, helpful, and smart.
    • The perks are great. Competitive salary, great benefits, free-flowing coffee, tea, soda, and fruit. Lots of fun corporate activities. Many, many opportunities to eat cheesecake!
    • Because this is such a great place to work, there is a tendency for people to stay a long time. This leads to lots of promotions from within. The company is comitted to everyone's development and growth.
    • Fast-moving, challenging environment. But only in the most-positive ways.
    • Beautiful offices.

    Cons

    • Some people gain weight when they start to work here from all the great food.
    • Calabasas is not a convenient commuting destination from a good part of L.A. county. But if you live in the valley or ventura county, this is your place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. R

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun & fulfilling corporate environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and supportive, robust culture, founder is still on-site and involved, incredible number of tenured staff, your voice is heard, snacks and food are out all the time, fun events, restaurant discounts and employee cake sales!

    Cons

    Low glass ceiling, fear of making the wrong decisions is widespread, only 2 weeks of vacation to start, small incremental raises, no bonus plans for Managers on down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonus plans and stock for more of the corporate staff. A staff member with a monetary bonus, along with company ownership = a very hardworking, focused, loyal staff member that will go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Love the Cheesecake - stay for your career!

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    Current Employee - Corporate Support Center
    Current Employee - Corporate Support Center

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture that supports a brand you can feel great about! The executives are approachable and truly understand the business. The campany does what it says which is rare in todays employment market. Meaning almost all companies have vision and values but few uphold them when there is a choice between doing the right thing and making an extra buck.
    Here at the Cheesecake Factory - you will become part of an extended family that puts relationships and how we do things ahead of everything else. The culture here is one that supports everyone, while challenging you to always be your best.
    By the way - if you love food - no one does it better! The care and passion behind our food is amazing! The CEO is hands on most days in the kitchen working with a fantastic culinary team to provide a contemporary amazing menu.
    This is a great palce to stay for a long time as the company stays true to its history. We have many peopel that have been here for over 20 years and with our global expansion there is a ton of opportunity and growth in the future!
    Fianlly a paid sabbatical at 5 years is amazing!

    Cons

    We are very conservative at investing in support roles / administration. While this is a prudent financial decision, we are often asked to do a lot with limited resources. Again - if you like be challenged and stretched - this is great for you. I should also say that when a project is critical to the companies success - it receives the funding required.

    Also being lean on the support staff limits the opportuntiy for career growth at the Corp Support Center. Many roles are very specailized and this limits the opportunity for cross training and growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the staff and be as transparent as possible. Continue to invest in your people and know that one great Cheesecake staff or manager is worth many potential hires. Give them the opportuntiy to continue to learn and grow!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very Happy I came Here!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory

    Pros

    This Company, while pretty large, still have a smaller, family centric feeling to it. The people who work here are passionate about the Company, the customers (guests), and truly are service oriented. The Senior Management Team is very collaborative, and are very accessable. This is not a beaurocratic or political company...there is a common vision and mission to be the best company we can be. Benefits are very good, and overall work environment is great (fun, collaborative, and a place you can grow).

    Cons

    Being a smaller company and a restaurant company, margins are narrow and there is not always large budgets to get the work done...sometimes you have to be creative. Vacation and holidays are not as robust as some other companies, but they did just put in a sabbatical program with helps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the great things that are provided and definitely do everything possible to keep the great culture alive. There is so much passion and integrity in the Comapny.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The Cheesecake Factory is a great place to work and to be a part of a fantastic team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Cheesecake Factory

    Pros

    Everyone is focused on making the guest experience as exceptional as it can be.

    Cons

    It is high pressure from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue our mission and goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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